February 7, 2015



Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) invites the BC Film Community to nominate women who deserve to be in the spotlight in 2015. 

Deadline for Nominations: Monday March 16, 2015 Extended deadline:  March 25th

Nominees must: have been residents of British Columbia for the last year, and have given their permission to be nominated. 

To nominate someone, please fill out the Nomination Form and send it via email to

Click here to download the Nomination Form

Established in 1999, the Spotlight Awards™ have brought together the BC Film community to celebrate the outstanding achievements of BC women in screen-based media. 

Awards will be presented at The Spotlight Awards Gala™ on June 15th, 2015.  Click here for further Gala details.


The Woman of the Year Award is presented to a woman who has achieved a significant success in the field of film or television, and who is recognized for mentoring other women in the industry.  Recent winners include: Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Tracey Friesen, Carol Whiteman, Lynn Booth, Babz Chula, Carole Tarlington, Gabrielle Rose, Deboragh Gabler, Vicki Gabereau, and Trish Dolman.

The Artistic Achievement Award honours a woman who demonstrates filmmaking excellence. This award goes to a director, producer, writer, actor, director of photography, or editor who has: created a major film, television program or digital work in the past two years; or who has created a significant body of work in the telling of women’s stories. Recent winners include: Nimisha Mukerji, Lara Mazur, Penelope Buitenhuis, Katrin Bowen, Medved, Christine Welsh, Julia Kwan, Katherine Dodds, and Jennifer Ouano.

The Artistic Innovation Award honours a woman who demonstrates vision, experimentation and innovation in screen based media, and who has created a significant body of work in these forms or an outstanding new work. Recent winners include: Jenn and Sylvia Soska, Karen Lam, Jill Sharpe, and Dana Claxton.

The Wayne Black Service Award honours a woman with a ‘behind-the-scenes’ role and for her continued efforts within the film and television community. This award is named in memory of Wayne Black of Alpha Cine who gave tirelessly of his time and talent to help filmmakers.  Recent winners include: Michelle Mason, Robyn Wiener, Barbara Lee, Dusty Kelly, Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Maureen Levitt, Janice Talbott, Lodi Butler, Liz Shorten, and Kathryn Lynch.

The Honorary Friend Award recognizes a person who has played a significant role in supporting women in the industry and, although not a professional member, has promoted the success of the organization. Men are eligible to be nominated for this award. Recent winners include: Ed Brando, Bill Hurst, Malcolm Parry, Alexandra Raffe, John Dippong, Andrew Williamson, Lynne MacNamara, Paul Sharpe, Bob Scarabelli, Rob Egan, and Patricia Gruben.

The Sharon Gibbon Award honours a member in recognition of her volunteer work with WIFTV advancing the organization’s goals in the British Columbia film and television community. The award is named in memory of Sharon Gibbon, who exemplified these qualities in a career cut short too soon.  Recent winners include: Tracey Mack, Roslyn Muir, Wendy D, Debra Sears, Jacqui Ellis, Jacqueline Samuda, Janine Bizzocchi-Steele, and Carol Whiteman.

The Image Award is awarded to a female director or DOP for excellence in a recent short work that shows excellence in overall production value or a unique, visionary approach to the cinematography or storytelling.  Recent winners include: Jennifer Campbell, Elle-MaijaTailfeathers, Jenn Strom, Banchi Hanuse, Lindsay George, Moira Simpson, Michelle Porter, Amy Belling, and Tara Hungerford.

The Leadership in Education Award recognizes Vision And Excellence in the Teaching of Screen Based Media and for creating opportunities for and providing mentorship to women students.  Stats show us that although roughly 47% of film students are women, only 12-25% of all producers, writers and directors in the industry are female.  And only 3% are Directors of Photography.  Recent winners include:  Lori Triolo, Michčle Lonsdale Smith and Doreen Manuel